Eileen R. Tabios is a poet working in multiple genres and in-between. She also loves books by writing, reading, publishing, critiquing, romancing and advocating for them. This blog will feature her bibliophilic activities with posts on current book engagements and links to her books and projects related to books.

Monday, June 26, 2017


(JA in front of his Portrait by Fairfield Porter)

I'm thrilled to share four poems from "The Ashbery Riff-Offs" over at LOCAL NOMAD, that wonderful journal of art, fiction and poetry edited by Jean Vengua. You can see the poems HERE; they are (I need to share titles as I use the blog as a file cabinet :) ):

Witnessed in the Convex Mirror: Threats by the Irrelevant
Witnessed in the Convex Mirror: Hourglass
Witnessed in the Convex Mirror: A Unique Urgency
Witnessed in the Convex Mirror: Fillibuster

All poems begin with 1 or 1-2 lines from John Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror." I thank him for the inspiration.

Saturday, June 24, 2017



Paloma Press Announcement:

Paloma Press presents “THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND,” a literary performance featuring Eileen Tabios, Paul Cassinetto, Steve Warner, & Wesley St Jo.
Eileen R. Tabios
 has released about 50 collections of poetry, fiction, essays, and experimental biographies from publishers in eight countries and cyberspace. Inventor of the poetry form “hay(na)ku,” she has been translated into eight languages. She also has edited, co-edited or conceptualized 12 anthologies of poetry, fiction and essays as well as served as editor or guest editor for various literary journals. More information is available at http://eileenrtabios.com
Paul Cassinetto
 is an electronic janitor by day and a poet who doesn’t know it by night.

Steve Warner is a screenwriter, actor, film director and producer. He participates every year in Write Out Loud’s Twain Fest, Storybox Theatre, and Reading For Seniors. His most recent project, “Jasmine,” won the Board Choice Award at the 2014 Eugene International Film Festival.
Wesley St. Jo 
is the illustrator and co-author of the poetry collection, “BLUE.” Her work has been featured in Finding God (Anvil Publishing) and 1,000 Views of ‘Girl Singing’ (Leafe Press). The real Wesley St. Jo is an adorable Maltese rescued by a real artist called Sophie. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017


"Witnessed in a Convex Mirror: Vice" -- one of hoped-for 300 poems that I will have riffed from John Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" -- is now up at Indolent Books' ROUGH BEAST Feature. You can see the poem (which touches on my tobacco-farming roots and an ill-conceived drug war) HERE.

More poems from the series will appear for the next five Thursdays. My thanks to curator Michael Broder.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Manhattan: An Archaeology, my book officially released this Fall, has a book trailer! It was put together by Cecilia Ibardaloza at the new but hard-working Paloma Press, and is available at YouTube viz https://youtu.be/2rm_hNiUcAs

The Pre-Release "orders are pouring in!" says Paloma Press. How wonderful -- I'm sure it's encouraging to this new press who then may be encouraged to publish more! And perhaps you want to join the party of pre-release orders--MANHATTAN: An Archaeology is 50% off! Info at https://palomapress.net/2017/06/18/manhattan/

One of the nice facets to the book are the Paloma artists' inclusion of "Four Seasons" digital artwork. Here's "Fall" melding Clyfford Still with the very New York "Fearless Girl and Charging Bull" --contemporary!

(click on image to enlarge)

Sunday, June 18, 2017


My next book, MANHATTAN: An Archaeology, is one of my most beautifully produced books, thanks to the wonderful artists behind Paloma Press. It includes color art, which means its 128 pages are produced on this glossy paper--thus, explaining its $40.00 retail price, a price level I don't usually recommend for poetry paperbacks. Fortunately, Paloma Press is offering a 50% discount for a SPECIAL PRE-RELEASE OFFER (the book is due to be released Oct. 1).  Here are the details, which you also can see HERE:

Paloma Press, an independent literary press established in 2016, is pleased to announce A PRE-RELEASE SPECIAL OFFER for the press’ second poetry collection, MANHATTAN: An Archaeology by award-winning poet Eileen R. Tabios. While MANHATTAN will not be officially released until this Fall, we are now open to taking orders at a special discounted price. The book’s PRE-RELEASE Price is $20, a 50% discount from its retail price of $40. You can take advantage of the Pre-Release Offer by sending a check for $20 per book or by ordering with Paypal. Email editor@palomapress.net for information.
I hope this book is of interest. (I do believe it's relevant to both New Yorkers AND non-New Yorkers).

Relatedly, if anyone would like to review the book, drop me an email at galateaten@gmail.com

Thursday, June 15, 2017


"Witnessed in a Convex Mirror: Euclidean Geometry" -- one of hoped-for 300 poems that I will have riffed from John Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" -- is now up at Indolent Books' ROUGH BEAST Feature. You can see the poem (a favorite among the 75 I've written so far) HERE.

More poems from the series will appear for the next six Thursdays. My thanks to curator Michael Broder.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Delighted by this new review of AMNESIA: Somebody's Memoir -- by Dina Paulson-McEwen at WALK THE LINE. The review is HERE, but here's an excerpt:
The content unites through anaphora, with nearly all lines beginning “I forgot…” (when Tabios deviates [i.e. “I. Forgot.”] it zaps the eye). There is interplay between personal, earthly, and political; between who is ‘you’ and who is ‘me’ as one remembers and forgets. She coyly states: “I forgot the logic of amnesia.” For the reader, presented with language repetition, learning moves rapidly into forgotten facticity. The book, at first reading, is already a second reading. 
AMNESIA: Somebody’s Memoir is equally about content and form and their possibilities of convergence: how language decries and rejuvenates what it observes, exposing an x-ray of has-beens and to-be’s. 
The book also comprises actual science. AMNESIA: Somebody’s Memoir is one of six books generated by her “The MDR [Murder, Death and Resurrection] Poetry Generator.” A database of her poetry, it has over three thousand possibilities of poems. The MDR Poetry Generator recalls indigenous Filipino practices, which Tabios refers to as “Babaylan Poetics.”  
Two forces occur here. A flow allows the individual to be present and reconcile on their own terms. A mechanization bases on recycled data, suppressing original thinking. An individual must parse through this stratum, push to investigate themselves and to piece together/pierce the world. As in: “I forgot the wave–how its singularity is easily fractured by sunlight’s blades.”